Skills Training for Single Moms in Guatemala City

$3,435 $12,104
Raised Remaining
Oct 31, 2011

From Unemployment to Small Business Owner

The Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty (ISMU) helps women in Guatemala City develop the skills to become independent earners in their homes. They are able to give support to the women they work with through support groups, skills training workshops, and micro-loans.

Donating to this cause helps continue the amazing work they are doing and makes stories like this one possible:

“A woman that used to work in the maquiladora became unemployed, but continued to participate in the women’s training program and as a result, established her own sewing workshop.

The maquiladora where she worked gave her a sewing machine (usually these are old sewing machines that are maquilas provides as part of their payment to workers) and she was able to start her own business in sewing bedding and mosquito nets. She went on to distribute and sell her products to stores and big pavilions.

After tropical storm Agatha hit Guatemala City, ISMU went to buy mosquito nets at the market, not knowing that the main supplier was their own program participant.

That same woman came in the afternoon to ISMU office and said that the store had requested an urgent order of mosquito nets and that she needed a small loan to buy materials.

What a surprise for ISMU to see who was going to fulfill their order! Of course ISMU lent her the money so she could fulfill her order.”

Your support is so very appreciated - thank you for your investment in sustainable, community centered development in Guatemala.


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Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Skills Training for Single Moms in Guatemala City